Students return from Athens adventure

A group of 21 students, who jetted off for a two week long, all expenses paid work experience placement to Athens, have been praised for their professionalism.

The students, who are all currently studying Hospitality & Catering or Travel & Tourism courses at Shrewsbury College, were selected to visit the Greek capital last month as part of the European Commissions’ Leonardo programme.

“From the minute they arrived at our hotel campus the students demonstrated their excitement and willingness to learn,” said Sybil Hofmann, Director of International Hospitality & Tourism at Athens City Unity College.

“Our instructors were amazed by their performance, good attitude and openness to learn about our culture. We’d love to have another group visit us next year.”

During the trip students worked at the City Unity College, which doubles up as a fully operating hotel. They were placed in a variety of roles in the hotel’s kitchen, restaurant, front of house and events department.

Shrewsbury College’s Head of School for Service Industries, Chris Pemberton, added: “The trip was a great opportunity for students to improve their skills and gain valuable experience in their trade. When they weren’t working at the hotel, they were able to attend cultural trips and visits, which included the Acropolis and a three island cruise.”

The Leonardo programme is just one part of the European Commissions’ Lifelong Learning Programme, which provides grants for all areas of education, training and learning. It provides opportunities for organisations, staff and learners involved in education and training across Europe to work together, learn from each other’s expertise, and widen their experience of other cultures and languages.
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